Bearden, W H 1998-11-30

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W.H. Bearden talks about growing up in Eastland County, Texas, his career as a rancher and his involvement in the Korean War.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. H. Bearden

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Date: November 30, 1998

Location: Oledo, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1: Bearden, W.H., Born on July 14, 1929 in Stevens County, Texas, Moved to Eastland County, Texas at the age of, Parents, Origins, Father, Ranching, Farming, Paternal Grandparents, Ranching (again), Father (again), Born March 11, 1881 in Palo Pinto County, Texas, Farming (again), Childhood house, Description, Ranger, Texas Oil Boom, Description, Lonestar Gas Co., Bearden, W.H. (again), Childhood, Farming (again), Plowing, Machinery, Grain thrasher, Livestock, Hogs, Slaughtering, Cattle, Siblings, One brother, Four sisters, Older sister died at 18 from appendicitis, Depression, Food, Self sufficient, Siblings (again), School, Early release for peanut harvest, Old Rip Horny Toad, olen from Eastland County Courthouse, 1936, Eastland County, Texas (again), Weather in the 1920s and 1930s, Bearden, W.H. (again), Father (again), Died in 1968, Farming (again), Tractors, School (again), Grades combined, Teachers, Graduated, May 1946, Oklahoma, 1946, Pipeline construction, Odessa, Texas, 1947, Pipeline construction (again), 3 years, W.H. (continued), Oledo, Texas, 1950, Begs Cattle Co., Drove cattle truck, Korean War, Drafted into the military, January 24, 1951, Combat engineer, Building bridges, Returned to Begs Cattle Co. after the war, Took a course in diesel mechanics on the GI bill, Jobs, Worked as a mechanic at Mobile in Oledo, Texas, 9 years, Mary’s Creek Ranch, 1964, Stayed 25 years, Description, History, Stop on the Fort Worth – Weatherford Stage Coach, Begs Cattle Co. (again), Begs, George, Ranches, Family, Wildlife, Mary’s Creek Ranch (again), Ranger, Texas, This side ends after 15 minutes.

Range Dates: 1929-1989

Bulk Dates: 1929-1989

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